IAF fighter aircraft MiG-21 ‘Bison’ crashes in Rajasthan's Barmer, 2 pilots dead
NEW DELHI: In yet another MiG-21 crash in the IAF, two pilots were killed when their fighter went down in the Barmer of Rajasthan on Thursday evening.
The twin-seater MiG-21 trainer, which had taken off from the Uttarlai airbase, crashed near Bhimda village during a night-flying sortie around 9.10 pm. Both pilots suffered fatal injuries. Visuals from the site showed flames emanating from the wreckage of the fighter spread over a large area.
The IAF has ordered a court of inquiry to establish the exact reason behind the crash, even as defence minister Rajnath Singh also spoke to IAF chief Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari to inquire about the accident.
At least six MiG-21s have crashed since January last year, killing five pilots. Overall, at least 44 military personnel have lost their lives in 46 aircraft and helicopter accidents in the armed forces in just the last five years. The old Soviet-origin MiG-21s, the first truly supersonic fighters to be inducted by the IAF in 1963, in particular have had a high crash rate over the years.
The MiG-21s should have been retired long ago. But the huge delays in induction of new fighters, especially the indigenous Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA), has meant the IAF still operates four MiG-21 squadrons (each has 16-18 jets) after upgrading them to `Bison’ standards.
The MiG-21s, which have the highest landing and take-off speed in the world at 340 kmph, are of the design vintage of the 1960s and are largely bereft of modern systems with built-in safety mechanisms.
very sad incident,government should take stringent steps to minimise these mishaps instead of fake promises...near & dear ones can feel the real pain
It's no wonder that these politicians who come visiting and cause traffic to stop so that their convoy can pass , don't like to take helicopter to the meeting site cauE they don't trust the flying machine
Do our politicians have empathy and sympathy for the lives of our pilots? No, they are busy, in just kee themselves in power and playing politics.
And still they haven't figured out from 19 years for the MRFA contract as to which plane will replace mig 21.......hats off to Indian red tapism
Now an another MiG- aircraft crash. Why we are using this old and devil aircraft which kills our brave soldiers, there life is more precious. Why we let them to die in this such nonsense air-crash. Stop using this MiG- air planes. Retire them and stop killing of our brave JAWANS.
Please stop using MIG-21. Negligence is equal to murder .. stop using 50 year old plane .. If car's have life time of 15 year so do planes.
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Looks like it'll be dangerous to see this aircraft in the museum also. And govt is still forcing the pilots to fly it.
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Corrupt, corrupt, corrupt. Chief after Chief of airstaff has reiterated the need to replace these MIG 21 “flying coffins” with modern fighters but to no avail. 36 Rafales are not enough. Before more pilots are harmed, replace the MIG 21s asap with better aircrafts in flyaway condition. Rajnath ji, your codolences have no meaning if you dont replace these “flying coffins”
腐 败、腐 败、腐 败。印度空军参谋长一再重申需要用现代战斗机取代米格-21“飞行棺材”，但无济于事。
No new planes for our pilots but big costly planes for neta babu
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Defense aur finance minister ko MiG21 se travel karana chaiye atleast once every month
User Raj Kumar
Brahmins are a waste of time and space. They are dirty, pot bellied and believe they are superior humans.
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ha ha go and check once in superior jobs brahmins are their,brahmins are always more superior than u guys in terms of knowledge
They will make court of Enquiry and after that what ? No decision to ground the planes or decommissioning it. This is beyond redemption.
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Aircraft should be a definite lifetime period like vehicles. Else on average every fighter aircraft will take one life. If DGCA can take action on Spicejet for snags/errors then why IAF don't take action against it's poor aircrafts.
User Carmo Costa-Viegas
No war and our defence personnel are dying IN the Country.
It was an outdated Russian second generation fighter aircraft with a lack of maintenance and scarcity of spare parts which affecting the airworthiness and thereby putting the life of pilot at risk. Why the seat of pilot couldn't eject prior to crash is a matter of an investigation?
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even after so many years Indiya can't afford a decent aircraft.
It’s a shame India still operating these vintage flying coffins. Finding causes of the accident will not bring two brave hearts back to life. Government should immediately scrap 1960’s machine .
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Too much dependency on one country, scarcity of spares, no money to buy new aircrafts & other equipment & the most important indecisive UPA govt are culprits. Don't blame training & maintenance squad. They are one of the best.,Every defence deal right from times of Rajivji to Modiji has been politicized. You dont like to pay tax, want everything free. From where 5he money comes?
Sorry but replacing these obsolete 1960s planes should have got priority over building statues and buildings...
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MiGs are getting old, hopefully these will get replaced soon in coming years
world must be laughing especially Pak, r v going to finish our airforce within our country, every 4- 6 months plane / helicopter crashes...v even lost ove defence chief...what a joke
it's a flying coffin since ages, must be phased out in priority